august, 2023

sat26aug8:00 am10:15 amFeaturedVirtual EventRound 1 Club Officer Training (COT) #6 of 7For Incoming and Aspiring Club Leaders. Register NOW!8:00 am - 10:15 am Event Organized By: Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality Director Event TagsClub Officer Training,COT,Education,Member Engagement and Retention,Program Quality,training

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Welcome Club Officers and Aspiring Club Leaders!

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Did you know a trained club officer can result in more satisfied members, exciting club meetings, and new members?

The Program Quality TEAM is excited to provide incoming and aspiring club leaders with convenient, quality club officer training that provides value to members.

  • Open to all members!
  • 100% Online
  • Join us and learn leadership skills and more…

Club officers and aspiring club leaders, before joining us for training, we are giving you the tools to begin the year with confidence and competence!

The following items should be reviewed before attending Club Officer Training.


8:00 AM 8:05 AM Main Room Check In
8:10 AM 9:10 AM Main Room Club Success Plan
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room Club President Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room VPE Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room VPM Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room VPPR Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room Treasurer Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room Secretary Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room SAA Training
10:10 AM 10:15 AM Main Room Survey and Checkout for Credit
Note: In order for Club Officers to earn credit for their DCP goal or DTM award, log in no later than 8:05 AM, and log out no earlier than 10:15 AM

Thank you for registering. We are looking forward to seeing you. -The PQD TEAM!


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(Saturday) 8:00 am - 10:15 am


Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality DirectorHonored to serve as your Program Quality Director (PQD)! The Program Quality Team will leave no Toastmaster behind. For example, we have planned new member orientations, club officer information sessions for aspiring club leaders to help all clubs have 7 club officers at all times, Pathways training and enrollment for Toastmasters who are not enrolled, speech contest and functionary training well before the season begins to help all clubs plan, prepare and lead a successful and fun club contest, and form a full pipeline of trained speech contest functionaries. The Program Quality Team will include all Toastmasters in recognitions earned; no Toastmaster will be left behind. As the PQD, I am responsible for all aspects of education and training within the District. This includes supporting quality club programming efforts, promoting the Distinguished Club Program, and planning and executing the District conference. Education Goals: I promote all members in achieving education awards and recognizing those achievements. I oversee and promote training for club, area, and division officers. Training Programs: I plan, organize, and direct the district's training programs. District Conference: I am responsible for all aspects of the district conference. I plan, organize and direct the event. Speech Contests: I coordinate and supervise the International Speech Contest at the district level and facilitate a smooth flow of information at speech contests. This is the year to elevate a strong foundation of quality clubs! The PQD Team will help every club meet its educational goals and become a Distinguished quality club. Ready for some FUN? Register now on the District calendar for our fun and exciting events and training in the 2023-2024 year.

Speakers for this event

  • Becky Fields, COT Team

    Becky Fields, COT Team

    Secretary Trainer

    Becky has been in Toastmasters for five years and completed three Pathways. She has served as President, VPPR, and her favorite role, Secretary, for the past two years. Becky served as the M-32 area director in 2022-23 and is hoping to complete her DTM by next year.

    Secretary Trainer

  • Cynthia Abdon, DTM, COT Team

    Cynthia Abdon, DTM, COT Team

    VPM Trainer

    Cynthia Stephanie Abdon, DTM, is a long-time Toastmaster. Outside of Toastmasters, she has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA). She was a business strategy consultant, project manager, intelligence analyst, and tax advisor in companies belonging to engineering, high- tech, oil and gas, and oilfield services. She is currently concentrating on international VAT taxes. In Toastmasters, her past district roles included: Toastmasters Pathways Ambassador, Public Relations Officer, TLI Chair, Realignment Chair, and other district chair roles. She was a Past Distinguished Area Governor and Past President’s Distinguished Division M Governor --“Division Governor of the Year Awardee 2013-2014”. In recent years, she served as District 56 Speechcraft Chair and Club Officer Trainer. She currently serves as Area R64 Director and a Club Officer Trainer. She is currently a member of three clubs: Deerwood Toastmasters, Master Evaluators (where she was Past President), and her home club, C&F (Current and Future) Leaders Club, an advanced President’s Distinguished Club (9 years in a row since inception), which she founded and sponsored in 2014, calling it “The Leaders’ Ship. She created the One-Day-5-Hour Speechcraft and the C&F Valentine and Fall DTM-a-Thons that served both her club (C&F), and other clubs for seven years, contributing at least 10 DTMs per year to District 56. Beliefs: She strongly believes in Toastmaster's values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence. Passion: Help other Toastmasters as a District 56 Trainer using the prescribed training materials and sharing years of experience as a leader and Toastmaster.

    VPM Trainer

  • Fatimar Jones, DTM

    Fatimar Jones, DTM

    2023 District Fall Education Summit Co-Chair

    Fatimar Jones is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Division P Director for the 2022-2023 term, and Chairperson of the 2023 District 56 Speech Contests. She is honored to serve as the District 56 Program Quality Training Chair. Fatimar's commitment to Toastmasters is further evident through her active membership in six clubs, where she has held all club officer roles. Fatimar worked in the oil and gas industry for 40 years and retired as a project advisor in 2020. Her expertise in this field shaped her leadership style and ability to inspire others. Family holds a special place in Fatimar's life. She is happily married to Adrian Jones and is the proud mother of four adult sons. With seven grandchildren, she cherishes the joys of family life and the opportunity to pass on her wisdom and values to the next generation. Fatimar indulges in her love for reading in her spare time and stays active in her community through volunteering. Her commitment to personal growth and making a positive impact on society is truly commendable. Please join me in welcoming Fatimar Jones, an individual who embodies the spirit of leadership, communication, and service.

    2023 District Fall Education Summit Co-Chair

  • Joshua Saenz, COT Team

    Joshua Saenz, COT Team

    SAA Trainer

    Joshua Saenz joined the ChampionX Toastmasters club in 2018 (formerly called Nalco Champion Toastmasters) and is still going strong. He's served as a Sergeant At Arms, Club President twice, and Vice President of Education. Currently the Sergeant At Arms-elect for the incoming club year and looking forward to it. Being a member of Toastmasters has allowed Joshua to come out of his shell as a public speaker and leader and network with other great professionals within his company and the Houston area.  He is happy to say that he has completed the Dynamic Leadership pathway and is close to finishing the Effective Coaching pathway. Joshua also serves as a Club Coach. He is thrilled to be a part of the Club Officer Training team.

    SAA Trainer

  • Louis Cioletti, DTM, COT Team

    Louis Cioletti, DTM, COT Team

    VPPR Trainer

    Lou joined Toastmasters in 1999, served as P3 Area Director during 2005, and achieved his DTM in June 2006.   He was a member of several clubs before becoming a charter member of Spaced-out Toastmasters (SpOT). He serves as its VP-Education.

    VPPR Trainer

  • Mark Vine, COT Team

    Mark Vine, COT Team

    VPE Trainer

    I joined Deerwood Toastmasters in 2021 and I have not looked back since. During my short time with the club, I have served as SSA, VPE and I am now the President elect for this coming year for which I very excited. I cannot believe the progress in have made during this time, Toastmasters has provided me with a safe space not only in terms of structuring and making speeches, but also improved my listening and feedback skills; all of which are very important to becoming an effective leader and communicator. TM has also been a fantastic opportunity to broaden my network outside of my usual circle of personal/professional friends/colleagues and make a bunch of new ‘mates’ through the club and getting involved with other district activities - everyone's super friendly and welcoming!

    VPE Trainer

  • PQD Team & Terrie Green, DTM, COT Team

    PQD Team & Terrie Green, DTM, COT Team

    Member Engagement and Retention

    Distinguished Toastmaster Terrie Lynn Green: Terrie Green is a 2004 Charter member of Determined to Master Speaking and a member of the Dining Out Toastmasters Club. During her membership at DTMS, she has won several Speech competitions in Humorous, International, and Tall Tales.  Terrie Green served as Area Q-55 Governor and received recognition from Toastmasters International as a certified Mentor and Coach. In the service year of 2018-2019, Terrie received The Toastmaster of the Year award for recognition of exceptional leadership and devoted service as the District Logistics Manager. She currently holds the position of President and Vice President of Education of DTMS, encouraging the members to step out of their comfort zones to reach their goals. The skills she has learned as a speaker she has taught to the high school students at Sterling High School, where she graduated from using the Educational Program set up by Toastmasters International.

    Member Engagement and Retention

  • Roop Roy, DTM, Club Retention Chair, and COT Tech Team

    Roop Roy, DTM, Club Retention Chair, and COT Tech Team

    Tall Tales Speech Contest Chair

    Roop Roy, DTM, has been a Toastmaster for ten years and considers himself a Toastmaster for life. He has served in every club officer position and has been Area and Division Director. He is serving as the District 56 Club Retention Chair this year.

    Tall Tales Speech Contest Chair

  • Scott D. Livingston, COT Team

    Scott D. Livingston, COT Team

    Treasurer Trainer

    Scott D. Livingston has been a member of League City Toastmasters for four years.  He has served the club as its President (2x), Treasurer (2x), VPM, Sergeant at Arms, and WebMaster.  He is actively pursuing Pathways in Innovative Planning and Dynamic Leadership.

    Treasurer Trainer

  • Steve Jones, DTM, COT Team

    Steve Jones, DTM, COT Team

    Club President Trainer

    Steve Jones, DTM, is a Dining Out Toastmasters (DOT) member and has served as a DOT officer since 2016. He recently completed a term of service to District 56 as Division N Director (2019-20) and previously as Area Director in Division Q (2015-16). He joined Dining Out Toastmasters 2015 to enjoy the Advanced Club experience in the Premier Leadership Club in Southeast Texas... let's say "The World"! Steve is a certified executive coach (ICF) and has worked at UTHealth since 1993 and is currently serving the university as a Sr. Program Manager in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.

    Club President Trainer


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